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Bid to smuggle 16 tons of gemstones to Pakistan thwarted

AT-KABUL: Law enforcement in Torkham border in the east has thwarted a bid to smuggle a sixteen-tonne shipment of gemstones to Pakistan.

Spokesperson ofNangarhar governor Ataullah Khogyani said security stopped a truck loaded with gemstones that had purportedly embarked from Logar and Nangarhar provinces and recovered 16 tonnes of precious stones.

Smugglers were trying to smuggle the gemstone shipment to Pakistan. But Afghan security forces identified the truck and seized it along Torkham highway.

More than 16 tons of chromium was skillfully hidden in the truck under a watermelon cargo. One person was arrested in connection, and has confessed in primary investigations that they had loaded the stone package in Logar and Nangarhar and planned on smuggling itto Pakistan.

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